The Marshall Fellows program is designed to recognize demonstrated academic excellence, to create a cohort of intellectually engaged students, to encourage intellectual adventure, and to provide support to Fellows for academic enrichment. The program is also intended to help students think about and prepare for post-graduate opportunities.
Marshall Fellows may apply for a grant (or grants) that will provide up to $3,000 in funding (pre-tax amount). Marshall Fellow grants are subject to all applicable IRS rules. The grant can be used for academic enrichment, a community and public service project, or a blend of both. Fellows may request use of grant money for more than one project. The grant is not for the normal expenses of college education, but rather for enhancing the Fellow’s education by financing a special project that goes beyond regular college expenses. Project proposals are read as they are received. Please allow several weeks for review.
Academic enrichment projects are meant to provide opportunities for Fellows to pursue academic interests. Examples of what is meant by academic enrichment include (but are not limited to) the following: a research project or a project to gather preliminary data with a clearly defined question and methodology; the acquisition or development of a language or research skill; an internship experience related to academic goals and interests; developing a course of instruction or curriculum; or creating a work of art. A portion of the project may involve civic engagement that enhances the academic component but a clear connection between the civic activity and the project must be demonstrated.
Community and public service projects should be under the auspices of a recognized and respected agency, foundation or reputable group. A service project should preferably last for more than 2 weeks, though the candidate can provide a justification if the project will cover less than 2 weeks. You should have some demonstrable ability and expertise to carry out the service project and you must provide adequate background about the proposed agency, foundation or group. Students are encouraged to consult the associate director of the Ware Institute (Lisa Wolfe) as a resource.
Upon returning from your project, you will be required to share what you have experienced and learned in the immediately following Fall or Spring semester or, if you are a senior, during the remainder of the semester. Most Marshall Fellows choose to make a presentation during the Summer Experience Fair or the Fall or Spring Research Fairs. Therefore, you are encouraged to complete your project by January 31 of your senior year. In addition, you are required to provide a short descriptive summary of your project and how it impacted you along with any pictures which will be used for your Marshall story on the website.
Process for Fellow Selection
1) In the Fall of each academic year, the Provost will request from the faculty, including Dons and House Deans, confidential nominations of current sophomores. Faculty are encouraged to identify sophomores who have displayed academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, potential as adventurous thinkers, and an ability to formulate and bring projects to fruition.
2) A committee comprised of seven members -- the five dons, one additional faculty, and a designated member of the Provost’s Office -- will review nominations and select Marshall Fellows based on the above criteria. Lists of nominees and necessary documents will be assembled by a representative of the Dean of the College.
3) Fellows will be announced at the end of the first semester of their sophomore year and will be distributed proportionally across the five College Houses.
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